Anthony O’Connor #RadicalCentrist Ep. 118


The Leo-bot gives good diversion. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Labour member and VERY PROUD Cork man, Anthony O’Connor gives us his reaction to the Taoiseach’s attempt to deflect from the fact that the government have failed to put forward a Winter Plan and instead blame Doctor’s and Nurse’s for wanting to have a day off.
Anthony tells us about his own experiences, working in both the UK’s NHS and the Irish HSE, and shares some insights to the people who we need when we are literally in mortal danger. The reality is very different than that peddled by the Leo-bot.
We also talk about how Anthony’s leaving Ireland has shaped his political beliefs and why the campaign to end Dublin rule in Cork is the real battle for our survival.

Whisper it, but we think he’s a terrific guy. For a Cork Man.

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Threshold #SavingHomes


#Threshold marks 40 years in existence this year and when you consider that they help keep 14 tenancies in place per week they are, sadly, needed more now than ever. We are joined in the #TortoiseShack by Andy and Lar, who work at the coalface; not only advocating to help tenants stay in there homes, but to introduce legislation that’ll provide more rights and security in the rental market.

We don’t think it’s unfair to say that without the intervention of Threshold the number of homeless people would be double the current atrocious level.

Homelessness is a 24/7, 365 failure of the State to meet Ireland’s housing needs and to recognise that a home is not just a commodity. Please dig deep during this festive season and donate to Threshold here – www.threshold.ie/donate

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Jo Kilkenny #NoAverageJo Ep. 117


There are lots of ways of looking after yourself. But our guest in the tortoise shack,(via Skype) British based Irish woman, scientist and ultramarathon runner, Jo Kilkenny takes her self care to extremes, one hundred mile plus extremes.
She shares with us her story and explains how 10 years ago a bad relationship led her to setting out to run 5km and how that coping mechanism evolved into running grueling 150 mile races.
She explains the line between endurance and insanity and the empowerment she discovered when it’s just you and the trail. This is a remarkable woman completing feats that seem superhuman. And Jo really is a super human.

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